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lachrymose

[ lak-ruh-mohs ]
/ ˈlæk rəˌmoʊs /
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adjective

suggestive of or tending to cause tears; mournful.
given to shedding tears readily; tearful.

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Origin of lachrymose

1655–65; <Latin lacrimōsus, equivalent to lacrim(a) tear (see lachrymal) + -ōsus-ose1
lach·ry·mose·ly, adverblach·ry·mos·i·ty [lak-ruh-mos-i-tee], /ˌlæk rəˈmɒs ɪ ti/, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for lachrymose

lachrymose
/ (ˈlækrɪˌməʊs, -ˌməʊz) /

adjective

given to weeping; tearful
mournful; sad
lachrymosely, adverblachrymosity (ˌlækrɪˈmɒsɪtɪ), noun
C17: from Latin lacrimōsus, from lacrima a tear
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